Skip to content

A town square for an unsquare town

redbankgreen

Standing for the vitality of Red Bank, its community, and the fun we have together.

MIDDLETOWN: BEYOND THE BIERGARTEN

edelweiss_passaic_bavarian_folk_dancers_6-2712380So what better month to salute the sounds, scenery and seasonal fare of Germany than the Oktoberfest interlude of autumn?

Beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday afternoon, the MAC plays host to a weekend-long Oktoberfestival that “goes beyond the biergarten;” drawing upon the resources of the 23,000-square-foot facility to honor “Das Land der Dichter und Denker” — the country of poets and thinkers.

With an event that highlights German music, dance and painting, even as it keeps one lederhosen’d leg planted firmly in the fun-filled fundamentals of Oktoberfest revelry, Savor the Arts Germany kicks off on Friday with an exhibition of German art in the MAC’s main gallery. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., aspiring artists can paint the European countryside while sipping Rheinish wines during a Paint and Sip session — while at 8 p.m., the MAC’s resident dance instructor Richard Givney invites particpants of all ages and abilities to learn the polka.

Saturday’s activities start in family-friendly fashion at 11 a.m. with a bilingual German/English performance of Little Red Riding Hood by the Galli Theater Group of New York. Afterward, the German Language School will sponsor activities for children that include stein races, pretzel toss competitions, and lebkuchen (cookie) decorating.  From 2 to 6 p.m., celebrants can raise their steins during an Oktoberfest featuring the Firehouse Polka Band, the Edelweiss Passaic Dancers (pictured) and a sampling smorgasbord of regional craft beers. Phil Ward of the International Riesling Foundation will be on hand that evening offering oenophiles a tasting introduction to German and Austrian wines.

The festival concludes on Sunday with an afternoon’s worth of educational presentations on German art, music and culture — a program that includes a 2 p.m. discussion of “Bach to Brahms: Fascinating German Composers” by Dr. Robert Butts of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey.

Admission to the various offerings in the Savor the Arts Germany festival ranges from free of charge to $35; take it here for full schedule details.

Remember: Nothing makes a Red Bank friend happier than to hear "I saw you on Red Bank Green!"
Partyline
SMALLS FOR MAYOR?
We at redbankgreen remain neutral in political affairs and never make endorsements. But we have to say Borough Clerk Laura Reinertsen’ ...
CRASH ON LEIGHTON
The driver of this car was headed north on Leighton Avenue when they it hit an SUV pulling a work trailer headed in south in the opposing la ...
CAR VS STREET SIGN
The driver of this Mercedes hopped the curb and toppled the street sign at the corner of South Pearl and Drs. James Parker Boulevard Wednesd ...
SKETCHES OF RED BANK BY LOCAL ARTIST MICHAEL WHITE
Sketches of Red Bank scenes have been floating around on social media and we thought they deserved some spotlight. First appearing in our fe ...
POLE DOWN
Utility pole falls on English Plaza shop Forge after being struck by SUV shortly before noon. No injuries reported, though 86-year-old drive ...
YO, ADRIAN!
It’s a tough turn for our hero as Rocky Balboa is relegated to the curb for trash pickup on Locust Avenue. We’ll have to go back ...
“EL PALOMO” IS IN THE HOUSE
Jesus Rios, a mariachi singer who performs under the stage name “El Palomo” (The dove) pauses for a moment before entering a bac ...
CROC SPOTTED IN RIVER
Frighteningly hideous and green, a solitary Croc lurked ominously amid the flotsam and foam in the Navesink River alongside the Red Bank Fir ...
KISS ICON REFLECTS ON BROADWALK
A Swarovski crystal-bedazzled self-portrait painting of Paul Stanley, longtime singer and guitarist for the rock band Kiss peers out from a ...
CHISELIN’ AWAY
Marcelo Garcia Lopez works with hammer and chisel on a new feature for his flower garden on Shrewsbury Avenue: a hollow in a carved log in w ...
STORM CLEANUP CONTINUES
  Saturday’s storm sent a tree toppling on this house on Bank Street, damaging the roof. Workers Wednesday could be seen removing ...
SNAPPING IN THE BREEZE
RED BANK: Blustery winds had the flags in Riverside Gardens Park snapping Monday evening.
POWER LINE DOWN
Red Bank firefighters were on scene at Manor Drive dealing with a live power line Monday afternoon. There was no immediate report of fire. T ...
TAR BEACH SOLSTICE
Aldo Quiroz of Ocean Township came ready with his beach chair and found a shady spot to spend his lunch hour in a parking lot off Broad Stre ...
GOING GREY
Workers painting the stone facade of the PNC Bank at the corner of Broad and Harding Thursday morning. An upgrade? Maybe it’s just pri ...
COFFEE & WILDLIFE
RED BANK: The best wildlife show in town can be taken in from a waterfront bench outside the public library, and it's totally free.
FAWNING OVER HER BABY
A mother deer and her fawn were spotted between a row of garages on Hudson Avenue and some trees alongside the Broad Street parking lots. Re ...
EVENING ESCAPE
RED BANK: Sailors in Monmouth Boat Club's weekly racing series found tranquil conditions on the Navesink River Tuesday evening.
PEAK COLOR ON BROAD
RED BANK: A year after they were installed, downtown mini gardens have added to "transformational" improvements, says business owner.
RED BANK: FAIRIES MOVE IN ON WHITE STREET
Red Bank: Girl scouts turns tiny parking lot plot of dirt into a "magical girls sparkle garden."